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Parosphromenus paludicola, (Tweedie, 1952)
Swamp Licorice Gourami

Origin: malayan peninsula

Etymology: paludicola(L.):

Synonyms: None

Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) Order: Perciiformes Family: Osphronemidae (Gouramies) Subfamily: Macropodinae

First European import: By P & T. Nagyi in 1977

Description: See picture. The long dorsal fin and the elongaed tail make it easy to recognise the fish.

Care: Can be kept in pairs in small tanks, but also in groups in larger 60 cm tanks. For keeping these fish slightly acidic water, which should be soft, is required. This is one of the easier licorice gouramies to keep, but seldom available. The fish are extremely peaceful and quiet and not very shy if kept in a well planted tank with some pieces of driftwood. A dark soil will bring out the colors of the males.

Temperature:23-26°C

Feeding: Live and sometimes frozen food. Flake food is not accepted.

Size: Up to 4.5 cm

pH: 4.0-6.5

Breeding: Should be done in pairs in small breeding tanks. Extremely soft water is required, and a pH below 5. The fish spawn in caves, after which the male cares for the eggs and fry until they are free swimming.

Sexual dimorphism: Males more colorfull than females.

Prices: Unknown

Additional:

Picture references: All pictures E. Naus

References:Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1985): Aquarien Atlas II. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.

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